Interested in DVC-500, how can I know it will put out enough

PostBy: CoalBin On: Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:12 pm

I was eying the kill a watt for a while, then the price dropped to $20 - I noticed the prices dropped all across the board for these type of units.

Right now it is on my basement freezer - before I put the coal stove down there , it was the coolest spot in the house. For comparision, I'm running it for a week or so in the winter - then again in the summer. (80F vs 65F summer)

I'm sure its more than a 'wash' though. When I put the stove down there - I also put up a clothes line. It is truely amazing how quickly the clothes dry. My wife loves it - they come off the line nice and straight, ready to fold. Plus they are in plain sight - rather than me forgetting to check the dryer. Even with the clothes line, the house humidity is only between 35-40%

Rather than Hi Jack this thread, it would be interesting to start a new thread about energy efficiency - or even a seperate coal forum dealing with efficiency or saving $$$ in the home.

My next stove project is fabbing pin heat exchangers for both sides of the DVC-500 - or at the very least adding blowers to the exisitng panels.
CoalBin
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: DVC-500

PostBy: trb157 On: Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:37 am

I have a two year old DVC. I love it once I got some of the maintenance issues fixed. I had a stove from a bad batch and the draft motor and the combustion motor all went bad from a faulty computer board. Once that got fixed (under warranty) I have had no problems and love the range of heat output. I can run my stove 24/7 in my living room from the coldest outside temp up to about 60 daytime temperature. Most of the time my living room and downstairs run in the mid to upper 70s and the upstairs runs about 68. I have an old house built in 1880 so I have no insulation between floors and a central stairway that works as a huge heat exchanger. I would say you will have no problems making enough heat from the DVC.
trb157
 

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